Mars Hall Gallery will host Afternoon with Elaine Reed as part of the current exhibition "Leo & Company." Sundays, Aug. 14 and 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., Reed will demonstrate her approach and techniques of watercolor painting. She also will talk and answer questions about Leo Brooks: the man and his art; their relationship as artists and friends both on and off Monhegan Island; and how he's influenced her.

The exhibit features works by the late Brooks, who spent his summers painting on Monhegan Island till his death in 1993. He was a close friend and mentor to Reed for more than 12 years. The exhibit includes her paintings and many letters she received from Brooks, sharing his thoughts on art and life.

Reed is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society; a member of the Arts Students League in N.Y.; an associate member of the American Watercolor Society; a member of W.A.M.I.; and one of the featured artists in the 2013 documentary "The Woman Artists of Monhegan Island," produced by Mike Boucher of Sonic Pictures in Portland. She is a retired art teacher who lives in Wiscasset and paints at her studio in Bath.

The demos are free and open to the public. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula, at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. For more information, call 372-9996 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or